FAQ's

  • Is this risky? Will it hurt?
    • No, because the photoscreener is like a camera it does not touch the child and it does not hurt. We do not know of any risks from the photoscreener. There is a small chance that for some children the screening results are wrong. So, if you have any questions about your child’s vision contact your doctor.
  • Can a child outgrow crossed eyes?
    • This almost never happens. In fact, the problem is more likely to get worse with age. A child whose eyes are misaligned can develop poor vision in one eye because the brain will “turn off” or ignore the image from the misaligned eye. Children who appear to have crossed eyes should be examined by on ophthalmologist or optometrist as soon as possible.
  • Is this screening a substitute for an eye doctor?
    • No. This screening detects indications of common eye problems, but there can be problems that it does not detect. A complete examination by an eye care professional is always recommended as preferable to any screening.
  • What if I don't want to be included in your research, can my child still be screened?
    • Yes, if you do not want to be included in our research your child will still be able to get their vision screened. We will not keep any of your information except what is required to refer your child to an optometrist if he/she does not pass the screening. However, we would ask you to consider helping us with our research so that we can continue to find new and better ways to provide your child and the community with the care they need.
  • What happens if my child fails the screening test?
    • Our patient coordinator will work with you to make an appointment with an eye doctor who accepts your insurance and will make sure you have transportation.
  • What if I don’t have insurance?
    • If a child does not have insurance, our patient coordinator will work with the family to enroll them in a health insurance program if they qualify. If a child does not qualify for any coverage they will be given a comprehensive eye exam at the Loma Linda University Pediatric Ophthalmology Center at no charge. If they need glasses and cannot afford them, they will be provided with them through the funds provided by this grant. For more information visit: www.IEHP.org